More horror, in October!
Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son’s deep seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her.
In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman retreat to a cabin deep in the woods after the accidental death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other. But this most confrontational work yet from one of contemporary cinema’s most controversial artists is no mere provocation. It is a visually sublime, emotionally ravaging journey to the darkest corners of the possessed human mind.
*Extreme graphic content, viewer discretion is strongly advised*
Here’s a look at what the Offbeat Book Club will be discussing tonight:
This isn’t the gripping story that we’re used to reading from Stephen Booth. Maybe it’s because of the loss of familiar characters and the introduction of new ones as E Division goes through some major staff changes: Ben Cooper is now a DI and is still dealing with his grief over losing his fiancé; Diane Fry is a DS with Major Crime in Nottingham; Gavin Murfin has retired from the force and is looking for work in the public sector; and DS Sharma is new to E Division and Ben isn’t quite sure where his loyalties lie. When Mac Kelsey’s transport truck gets stuck under a bridge in the small community of Shawhead and the cab of his truck is covered in blood but he’s nowhere to be found, E Division is set the task of solving his disappearance. Meanwhile, other officers are attending the scene of an apparent suicide. When a link between Kelsey and the suicide, Scott Brooks, is found Ben starts looking back 8 years to the tragic death of Ashley Flynn, Brooks’ fiancé.
Though there isn’t the same frisson of excitement in this book as in previous ones, the very clever conclusion makes up for it.
The Monday Evening Book Club will meet on October 19th at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss the 2014 Giller Prize novel titled Us Conductors, in which I seek the heart of Clara Rockmore, my one true love, finest Theremin player the world will ever know, by Sean Michaels.
About this award-winning book:
A beautiful, haunting, brilliant novel inspired by the life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor, and spy Lev Termen – the inventor of the theremin: an eerie, peculiar musical instrument played with the hands moving through the air but not touching the machine. In a finely woven series of flashbacks and correspondence, “Us conductors” takes readers from the glitz and glam of New York in the 1930s to the gulags and scientific camps of the Soviet Union. The novel builds to a crescendo as Termen is sent to Russia, where he is imprisoned in a Siberian gulag and later brought back to Moscow, where he is asked to eavesdrop on Stalin himself.
Website for Us Conductors
Léon Theremin on Wikipedia
Youtube – Theremin playing his own instrument
Youtube – Clara Rockmore playing the Theremin